A video clip of middle school students verbally harassing a female teacher in a classroom is causing an uproar, which some Internet users claim is the result of the abolition of teachers’ authority following the banning of corporal punishment at school.
The footage shows both female and male students asking the teacher a series of sexually-harassing questions, despite repeated calls for restraint by the teacher.
In a 100-second-long footage uploaded onto web portals and Internet community sites, Saturday, students ask the teacher such questions as “When did you kiss for the first time?, “When did you get your first period?” and “When did you first have sex?” They even ask whether she gave birth to a baby and whether it hurt.
Upset by the students and their ill-mannered remarks, the teacher tries to restore order in the classroom by saying to the students, “Instead of making meaningless remarks, let’s open the textbook.” But the clip shows the pupils ignoring her by continuing to ask sexually-embarrassing questions, while banging on the desks.
The teacher then approaches the main group of students causing the fuss to warn them to stop. But one of male students stands up and tells her, “You are really pretty when I see you close up.”
Here is a news report with the clip, on YouTube for the time being:
The students' behavior, the article says, is being attributed to the recent crackdown on corporal punishment in the classroom. The article reminds us that there was a similiar sensation last year after a male student was filmed sexually harassing a young female teacher.
A point I made at the time and in the Korea Herald, and can revisit here reading their taunts, is that what's considered "sexual harassment" and unruly behavior for Korean teachers isn't too unusual for foreign ones, teachers who haven't used violence and intimadation to hold authority in the classroom.
Maybe the problem isn't that teachers aren't smacking students